Final Post from Indonesia
Update: Orangutans Return Home and Rivers Change Course
Here's a bit of an update : Looks like the BOS team has received permission and has come upon an agreement where they will be able to release 200 orangutans back into the wild!
Great news! The only contention is the great possibility of the fires escalating.
Speaking of fires; looks like the Indonesian government has come up with a plan to raise river levels to soak the burning peat swamps as a method to reduce the burning. Anyone else think this idea is not very ingenious? --JM
I have already managed to work my way back to headquarters. Flying through Jakarta, Korea, New York, and then arriving back in Boston. Those last few days in the field in Borneo just flew by, leaving me with not a single second to write something for the blog. And then I managed to sleep the entire way back to the US!
All in all I think I have laid a fairly good picture of the tragic situation in Indonesia right now, and what the IFAW team was able to see first hand. It’s incredibly unfortunate that such a beautiful country with strong cultural diversity and mystery is suffering to such an extreme. Many people in Idonesia have great respect for their forests, so it’s sad that their voices are not being heard as an effort to preserve this unique ecosystem.
The Indonesian BOS team is absolutely incredible, and I hope to be able to continue to update you on their daily activities even though I will not be with them in person. As I have said before, their passion for what they do and their determination to preserve the value of Indonesia’s forests is encouraging. With IFAW’s help, I hope we can continue to share their work with the rest of the world.
Video of our journey is now posted to the blog and you can also find it on YouTube. I encourage everyone to watch the footage and to particularly remember the expressions and stories of the orphaned infant orangutans that are now victims of these horrible fires. They are the future to the survival of the orangutan; their wellbeing and safety will help Indonesia recover from this disaster.
With the dedication from concerned, local Indonesians like the BOS team, the orangutan and its forest as well as other animals, may actually have a future. However, we’re not quite there yet, so do your part to support these efforts!
Thanks for keeping up our journey; I truly appreciate all your comments (sorry for the technical difficulty that caused us to loose all those comments!), but it was great to get your feedback while I was in the field.